The Absolute Best Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Phoenix

Toast to the end of 2020.

Maple & Ash
Photo courtesy of Maple & Ash

Usually we’d take some time to reflect on the year that was. But, you probably don’t need a lengthy recap. After all, you lived it, Phoenix. So, let’s get straight to it. 2020 is finally over. And 2021 is on the horizon. And whether you want to turn up and toast to a new year with champagne or curl up at home with some takeout, we got you.

Desert Botanical Garden
Photo courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden

Ponder your new year’s intentions at Las Noches de las Luminarias

Now through December 31, 5:30 - 10:30 pm 
Desert Botanical Garden
Annually, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts a holiday time tradition called Las Noches de las Luminarias. Thousands of luminarias and twinkly lights set the garden aglow. And this year was no exception. December 31 is the last night you can experience Las Noches de las Luminarias, until next year. Advance tickets are required.
Cost: Tickets start at $29.95

Drink up the last bit of the holidays at Miracle Bar

Now through December 31 
Floor 13 at Hilton Garden Inn
Christmas comes but once a year, Phoenix. But you’ll find that the holiday spirit is alive and well at Downtown Phoenix’s Miracle Bar. The pop-up experience is pouring festive, holiday-inspired drinks through NYE. Secure yourself an Uber and drink in what’s left of this year’s holiday season. 
Cost: Varies

Photo by Airi Katsuta

Make a resolution to experience more art at Wonderspaces Arizona

Now through December 31 
Scottsdale Fashion Square
This year, make a resolution you can keep. Resolve to experience more art. A trip to Wonderspaces Arizona makes for a good place to kickstart your resolution. The year-round, revolving art exhibit features more than a dozen unique, mind-bending artworks on display from artists from around the world. Get your tickets online
Cost: Tickets start at $24

Sprint your way across the 2020 finish line

December 26 - December 31
Now that the finish line is in view it’s time to pick up the pace. Sprint, or jog, your way to the new year with a community of like-minded runners, virtually. Stretch it out, join the free Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club, and start logging those miles.
Cost: Free

ADERO Scottsdale
Photo courtesy of ADERO Scottsdale

Dine under the stars in a super cool globe at CIELO

December 31
ADERO Scottsdale
CIELO at ADERO Scottsdale is ringing in the New Year with an epic three-course meal. Bring your appetite and feast on delicacies like lobster tail and carved roast tenderloin. Up your dining experience and reserve one of the decorated and socially distanced globes for a memorable NYE where you can order from a special small bites menu brimming with craveables like olives, flatbreads, and caviar. Make your reservations here.
Cost: Varies

Slurp soba noodles before midnight for good fortune

December 31
Cherry Blossom Noodle Cafe
Most cultures have their own food traditions on New Year’s. In Japan, it’s the soba noodle. The noodle’s shape symbolizes a long and healthy life. And it’s believed that consuming soba noodles before midnight brings good fortune in the new year. Let’s be real, we could use all the good fortune in the coming year, can’t we?
Cost: Varies

Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor
Photo courtesy of Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor

Say good riddance to 2020 at Lucky's Dumpster Fire NYE Party

December 31 
Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor
Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor is the newest drinking den to pop-up in the buzzy Roosevelt Row neighborhood. And the recently opened indoor-outdoor hangout is hosting a Dumpster Fire party to trash the year that was all while welcoming 2021 with classic dive bar games like pool, skee ball, bocce, and of course, champagne. Revelers who make reservations in advance will score a $10 bottle of bubby. Send a quick email to reserve a spot for your entire crew:
Cost: Free admission, food and beverage available for purchase

Have a very '90s New Year at Gracie's

December 31
Gracie’s Tax Bar
Pull on your best flannel and lace up your Docs. Gracie’s is hosting a totally '90s New Year’s Eve bash. It’s free. It’s heated. It’s outside. And you bet there will be Blue Ribbon and High Life within reach. Oh, and those infamous and incredibly snackable tots.
Cost: Free admission, food and beverage available for purchase

Maple & Ash
Photo courtesy of Maple & Ash

Destroy a seafood tower and toast to a new year at Maple & Ash

December 31, 4 pm - 1 am
Downtown Scottsdale
Maple & Ash takes their seafood tower very, very serious. A literal tower stacked high with ocean delicacies, the fire-roasted seafood tower is truly a must-order when dining at this over-the-top steakhouse. Check this spot off your dining bucket list and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Secure your table here.
Cost: Varies

Devour a Southern-style feast with all the fixin's at home

December 31
The Larder + The Delta
The Larder + The Delta is dishing out all of your Southern favorites this NYE, including a family-style meal available via curbside pickup. In addition to offering a convenient curbside option, The Larder + The Delta is also taking your dine-in reservations at a limited capacity. Reserve your seats right here.
Cost: Starting at $28

Hot Air Expeditions
Photo courtesy of Hot Air Expeditions

Catch a ride in a hot air balloon and let your 2020 worries float away

December 31 - January 1
Deer Valley Airport
Take your new year celebrations to new heights with Hot Air Expeditions. The leisurely hot air balloon rides provide no shortage of epic desert views. Post-flight you’ll enjoy a champagne toast and catered breakfast from Vincent’s on Camelback. Both shared and private balloon rides are available.
Cost: Starts at $179 per person

Watch Rob Schneider bring down the house on NYE

December 31 - January 2
Tempe Improv
It’s been a year. And we could all undoubtedly use a laugh. Good news, comedy fans. Funnyman Rob Schneider is bringing his stand-up routine to Tempe Improv. There are two NYE showtimes to choose from, both of which have a two-drink minimum. Can’t make it to the NYE show? Schneider is in town through January 2. 
Cost: $40

Winona Grey
Photo courtesy of Winona Grey

Sip bubbly at The Pemberton PHX x Cloth & Flame New Year's Day champagne brunch 

January 1, 10 am, 1 pm
The Pemberton House
Spend the first day of your new year brunching at The Pemberton PHX. On arrival guests will be greeted with a tequila-drenched cocktail. And each brunch course will be paired with a glass of bubbly. The brunch is happening outdoors, so bring your mask and a light jacket. There are two limited seatings to choose from. Reserve your seats here
Cost: $160

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Lauren Reichert is a Phoenix-based multimedia storyteller, photographer, content creator, and unofficial champagne taste-tester. Her work has been featured in travel guides, national publications, and the social feeds of some stellar local restaurants. Follow her around Arizona, and beyond, on Instagram @hungryinphoenix.
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